Gameday: Pistons 88, Lakers 85

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Los Angeles Lakers 24 17 20 17 7 85

Pistons overcome Bryant, beat Lakers 88-85 in OT


Posted Mar 06 2012 7:46PM

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Rodney Stuckey scored 34 points, and the Detroit Pistons overcame a tying shot by Kobe Bryant at the end of regulation Tuesday night, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 88-85 in overtime.

Bryant's basket at the buzzer forced the extra session, but he missed from 3-point range in the final seconds of overtime. Metta World Peace came up with the ball and dribbled back toward the top of the key, but his last-ditch turnaround missed as well.

Andrew Bynum had 30 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers.

Bryant finished with 22 points on 8-of-26 shooting. He started the game with black mask protecting his injured nose but switched to a clear one while struggling through the first half.

In front of a rare sellout at The Palace - with Gladys Knight performing at halftime - the Pistons won despite scoring only nine points in the third quarter. Down 74-71 in the fourth, Stuckey shook free of Bryant with a nifty crossover dribble, stepping back to make a shot from near the free throw line. He then put the Pistons ahead with a driving layup.

World Peace stole the ball near midcourt and went the other way for a layup to put the Lakers ahead 76-75, but Stuckey's 3-pointer with 9.8 seconds left gave the Pistons a two-point lead.

As the clock ticked down, Bryant calmly dribbled to his right and sank a shot from about 17 feet over Tayshaun Prince to force overtime.

Neither team led by more than three in the extra session, and the Pistons won by forcing the Lakers to take bad shots from the perimeter late. With the Pistons up 86-85, World Peace forced a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down. After that miss, Stuckey drove hard to the basket and drew a foul, sinking both free throws with 36.8 seconds remaining.

Bryant missed a quick 3-pointer from the top, but the shot clock was still on for the Pistons, who had to settle for a perimeter shot by Jason Maxiell that missed badly. The Lakers rebounded and called a timeout.

The Pistons had a foul to give and used it immediately on Bryant. When the Lakers inbounded again, Bryant - perhaps anticipating another foul - tossed up a quick shot that missed. Although World Peace had time for another try, it missed as well.

Bryant took the floor wearing a black-rimmed mask to protect the nose he broke in the All-Star game. As missed shots piled up in the first half, he switched to a clear mask that looked more similar to what he wore in a win over the Miami Heat on Sunday.

While Bryant struggled to find any rhythm from outside, Bynum was too much for the Pistons to handle around the basket. His alley-oop dunk from Steve Blake gave the Lakers a 37-25 lead, and it looked like Los Angeles might overpower the Pistons. Stuckey helped Detroit rally, hurting the Lakers with his ability to drive to the basket.

Stuckey cut the lead to one with a three-point play, and Detroit eventually went ahead. The Pistons led 45-41 at halftime.

Bryant had nine points on 2-of-10 shooting in the first half.

The Lakers outscored Detroit 20-9 in the third quarter, and Bryant had success with more high-percentage shots. His alley-oop from Pau Gasol gave Los Angeles a 59-52 lead, and Bryant added a runner to make it 61-54.

NOTES: Lakers assistant coach John Kuester was the Pistons' head coach for the last two seasons before being fired. He shared a hug with Detroit assistant Brian Hill before the game. ... Bynum was 13 of 18 from the field.

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Points Bynum 30, 13-18 FG
Rebounds Bynum 14, 6 OFF 8 DEF
Assists Bryant 7
Steals World Peace 2
Blocks Gasol 4


Mike Brown:

(On game):

“Obviously throughout the course of the game we didn’t play the game the right way offensively. I thought the ball stayed on the strong side of the floor too much, too often. We did a better job with it the second half, but the first half we were real stagnant. To shoot 42% and score 85 points was a part of that. Obviously we had to take a couple threes at the end of the game, but we didn’t shoot the three-ball very well.”

(On Rodney Stuckey):

“It was very disappointing. Not just him, our team defense because we couldn’t stop him. We blitzed him, we played our regular defense, and all he did was just drive the ball every time and he got to the rim and got lay-up, after lay-up, after lay-up.”

(On difference in first and second half):

“Just watching the body language of our guys, it wasn’t good. I thought we were kind of just going through the motions. I don’t know if we thought it was going to be easy coming in here because of their record or whatever. You hear talk about before this road trip that we’re going to go 3-0 or sweep this road trip because of these guys’ record. We’re playing NBA teams and it doesn’t matter who you’re playing. You got to come out and be focused for 48 minutes.”

Andrew Bynum:

(on game): “We always give up leads; I think I said that after the Sacramento game. When we give up leads, we can’t do it on the road, we did it on the road and we lost.”

(On personal performance):

“We can play together. We knew we didn’t pass the ball, we didn’t move bodies, we get stagnant and it cost us every night. We move the ball to the open man and everything will work itself out.”

(On losing):

“It just hurts because we were in a prime position to win these three games and move up in the standings. It might be three now, it might be four now but we have to chase San Antonio.”

Lawrence Frank:

(On Rodney Stuckey leading the team in the fourth quarter and overtime):

“Obviously, (Rodney) Stuckey did an unbelievable job of attacking the paint. To me, this was a quality game because when you look at it we did not even shoot 40% in the game. We scored nine points in the third quarter; we went six and a half minutes without scoring. We did actually have some great shots; we just did not make them. I thought the second unit changed the game in the second quarter; we really thrived off their energy. I thought we had great minutes from those guys and then we made some big plays. Just defensively, even when we could not make shots, you hold a quality team like the Lakers to 42% and get the key stops down low and obviously Kobe (Bryant) made a great shot to put the game into overtime and yet our guys kept the resolve. The last offensive play did not work out the way we wanted it to, but we got the stop, we executed what we did, a foul to give, contested the three and got the rebound. I was just proud of the resolve that our guys showed dealing with the different turbulence throughout the game.”

(On whether the last foul was planned or not):

“Oh yes, without a doubt. We had a foul to give and then fouled again. However, now the smart thing and the tough thing Kobe is a smart guy so he knows (what the plan is). And you know Tay (Tayshaun Prince) is obviously very bright, so the timing of when you can foul is by if the guys back is to you, if the guy is in dribble motion, but Kobe obviously knows this because he has been through this drill before. But the key was doing our work when he was pinned against the sideline just to make it a tougher show. I thought Tay did a tremendous job blocking him.”

Rodney Stuckey:

(On slow start in the first quarter):

“I got in foul trouble early. I knew I was going to come into the second quarter and I knew I was going to be going against their second unit, so I was just trying to be aggressive against them. I knew I could get a few easy baskets with Steve Blake and (Andrew Goudelock), but from there I just got going. I was aggressive and just taking what the defense gives me.”

(On playing aggressive):

“Absolutely, that’s my game; I’ve been doing that since high school. Just being aggressive taking the ball to the basket, that’s pretty much my game.”

(On the game slowing down when he is aggressive):

“Yea, I’m just playing out there. I’m pretty much just reading what the defense gives me. I know when I get the ball off a miss; my mindset is to push it as fast as I can while the defense is not set. That allows me to get to the basket, get a foul; something like that. I’m pretty much reading what the defense gives me.”

Lakers-Pistons Preview


Playing through a broken nose and a recent concussion, red-hot Kobe Bryant has helped the Los Angeles Lakers open the second half of their season in impressive fashion.

A visit to face the Detroit Pistons seems unlikely to slow them down.

The Lakers kick off a three-game road swing seeking a fourth consecutive victory overall and sixth straight over the Pistons on Tuesday night.

Bryant, who was injured on a hard foul by Miami's Dwyane Wade during the All-Star game Feb. 26, has been nearly unstoppable since. Playing with a mask to prevent the risk of further injury, Bryant has averaged 34.0 points on 54.3 percent shooting in leading the Lakers (23-14) to three wins in a row.

Bryant continued his tremendous play during Sunday's much-anticipated matchup with the Heat. The 14-time All-Star shot a season-best 14 of 23 (60.9 percent) to finish with 33 points as Los Angeles improved to 8-2 over its last 10 games with a 93-83 victory.

"It's just about understanding what your strengths are then playing to that," said Bryant, who is expected to continue wearing the mask on this trip.

"The testament to any championship team is to understand what your weaknesses are and protect those, then understand what your strengths are and playing to those. I feel like we're starting to figure out how to support each other in that department."

While Bryant has been sensational, the Lakers have also thrived on the defensive end of the court. Los Angeles, which limited Miami to 37.5 percent shooting, ranks near the top of the league in opposing field-goal percentage (41.7) and points per game allowed (91.4).

The Lakers have taken five straight from the Pistons (12-26), including three in a row at The Palace of Auburn Hills by an average of 13.3 points.

In his last visit, Bryant scored 33 in a 103-90 victory Nov. 17, 2010, and Pistons coach Lawrence Frank knows his team will likely have its hands full again.

"They don't run the triangle (anymore), but they'll play (Bryant) in the post, they'll play him off the elbow, they'll put him in pick and rolls," Frank told his team's official website. "He's a great player. You could run the octagon and Kobe is going to find a way to be special in it.

"He's a winner. He's got five championship rings. But we're just talking about playing one game. That's all we need to focus on."

The Pistons enter this matchup losers of four of five, with their only win during that stretch coming 109-94 over NBA-worst Charlotte on Wednesday.

Detroit saw its struggles continue Saturday, falling 100-83 at Memphis. The Pistons shot 38.2 percent and committed seven of their 17 turnovers in the fourth quarter, when they were outscored 31-13.

"We just have to take care of the ball," said guard Rodney Stuckey, who scored 20 points on 6-of-22 shooting. "We turned the ball over a lot at the end of the game. I think if we would just take care of the ball and spread the court out a little more, we would have been fine."

Rookie guard Brandon Knight, averaging 16.9 points over his last seven games, scored 15 but missed 11 of 16 shots against the Grizzlies.

"It's frustrating, but it's a building process. We're still getting better," Knight said. "We saw a lot of good signs. We've just got to step it up in the fourth quarter."

Probable Starters


  #15 World Peace SF #22 Prince  
  #16 Gasol PF #54 Maxiell  
  #17 Bynum C #10 Monroe  
  #24 Bryant SG #3 Stuckey  
  #2 Fisher PG #7 Knight  


Steve Blake
(costochaondral fracture) is probable.
Kobe Bryant
(nasal fracture, concussion) is day-to-day.

Charlie Villanueva
(sore right ankle) is out.

Game 1: 3/06 - LAL @ DET


The Lakers swept last season’s series with Detroit 2-0 for the second consecutive year
have won five straight overall against the Pistons. This will be the 203rd meeting
between the Pistons and Lakers in the Los Angeles era (133-69) and the 325th game
overall (197-127) between the two teams dating back to their first meeting in December
of 1948. The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 overall contests with Detroit. At home, the
Lakers are 9-3 all-time against the Pistons at STAPLES Center. In Detroit, the Lakers
are 4-6 in their last 10 overall games, but 3-0 in their last three visits to the Palace of
Auburn Hills. Prior to their six-game losing streak in Detroit from 2003-08, the Lakers
had won nine straight regular season games in Detroit from 1993-2002. In 27 career
games including 23 starts against the Pistons, Kobe Bryant is averaging 23.8 points. In
the Lakers 11/17/09 game vs. Detroit, Bryant matched a personal high of 40 points
against the Pistons, marking the 100th 40-point game of his career. On 2/8/07, the
Lakers were held to a series low 78 points in Detroit, breaking the old mark of 81 points
established 2/10/05 at Detroit. The Lakers and Pistons have met five times in the
postseason since the Lakers moved to Los Angeles, six including their time in
Minneapolis, with the Lakers going 4-2 in those meetings but just 1-2 in NBA Finals.
Piston’s forward Tayshaun Prince (Dominguez HS) played high school basketball locally
in the Los Angeles area. Lakers assistant coaches John Kuester (assistant coach) and
Darvin Ham (player) were members of the NBA Champion Pistons team that defeated
the Lakers 4-1 in the 2004 NBA Finals. Kuester also served as Detroit’s head coach for
two seasons (2009-11) prior to joining the Lakers.

With 38 points in the Lakers 115-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings March 2nd at STAPLES Center, Kobe Bryant set the all-time record for points scored at one arena
on the 50th anniversary of fellow Philadelphia native Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. Bryant has now scored 13,788 points at STAPLES Center, passing Hakeem
Olajuwon’s mark of 13,783 points tallied at Compaq Center, former home of the Houston Rockets. Olajuwon held the record since taking it from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(12,529 points scored at the Forum) in March 1998.*

With their 104-85 victory over the Timberwolves on February 29th, the Lakers recorded their FIRST wire-to-wire victory of the 2011-12 season. Last year, the Lakers led
the NBA with 10 wire-to-wire victories (games in which they never trailed), all coming during the regular season. During the team’s two most recent championship runs,
they recorded nine wire-to-wire victories in 2009-10 (seven during the regular season and two during the 2010 Playoffs (4/18 & 4/27 vs. Oklahoma City)) and 11 wire-towire victories in 2008-09 (nine during the regular season and two during the 2009 Playoffs (4/29 vs. Utah & 5/17 vs. Houston)). The Lakers have also lost one game this
season in wire-to-wire fashion, falling to the Clippers 102-94 on January 14th. Last year, the Lakers lost two such games: (98-107 1/8/10 at POR & 75-91 3/26/10 at OKC).

In defeating the Timberwolves 104-85 on February 29th, the Lakers extended their win streak against Minnesota to 17 games, the longest active win streak by one NBA
team against another. The streak is the longest by the Lakers against another team since they defeated the Dallas Mavericks 19 straight times from 1995-99.*

At the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, a Kobe Bryant fast-break dunk at the 4:57 mark of the third quarter moved him past Michael Jordan (262 points) for most career
points in All-Star Game History. Bryant finished with 27 points on 9-of-17 shooting, helping the West to a 152-149 victory over the East. Bryant (271 points), who entered
the game ranked 4th in career All-Star scoring, also passed Oscar Robertson (246 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (251 points) on the night. Bryant, a 14-time All-Star
and 4-time All-Star MVP, also tied Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob Cousy and Michael Jordan for the most All-Star starts in NBA history with 13. Andrew Bynum, the starting
center for the Western Conference, made his first career All-Star appearance, but played just six minutes in order to rest his knee. Bynum finished with three rebounds, an
assist and a steal, while blocking Dwight Howard’s first shot attempt.

With a steal at the 2:04 mark of the second quarter 2/23 at Oklahoma City, Metta World Peace recorded his 1,500th career steal. World Peace is now the 5th active player
to record at least 1,500 steals. Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Shawn Marion are the other four with Baron Davis just one assist shy of the milestone. World
Peace, the 2004 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, has finished among the top-five in the NBA in steals per game five times in his career and has led his team in steals in
10 of his 12 NBA seasons. A two-time member of the NBA All-Defensive First Team (2004, 2006) and two-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team member (2003, 2009),
World Peace currently ranks 37th on the NBA’s All-Time career steals list with 1,501 steals. Reggie Miller (1,505) and Julius Irving (1,508) are next up on the list.

In their 103-92 victory over the Trail Blazers on February 20 at STAPLES Center, the Lakers outscored Portland 29-7 in the first quarter, where they held the Trail Blazers
to just 3-of-17 shooting and outrebounded Portland 21-5. The Blazers’ seven first quarter points marked their lowest first quarter points total in their 3,363-game history in
the NBA. The total also matched the second lowest first quarter points total allowed by the Lakers since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season; on February 4,
1987, the Lakers outscored the Sacramento Kings 40-4 in the first quarter in a 128-92 victory at The Forum and on January 9, 2004, the Lakers outscored the Atlanta
Hawks 34-7 in the first period in a 113-67 victory at STAPLES Center. The last time the Lakers held a team to seven points or less in any quarter came back on December
9, 2009, when they outscored the Utah Jazz 28-6 in the fourth quarter in a 101-77 victory at STAPLES Center.*

*Statistical research assistance provided by the Elias Sports Bureau

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